Proposition 57 Would Allow Early Release of Some Felons

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An inmate uses a mirror to look outside his cell at the Los Angeles Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles, 19 May 2004. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

In the past four years, with the state under court order to reduce prison overcrowding, California voters have passed ballot measures easing the state's Three Strikes law and reducing many felonies to misdemeanors. Proposition 57, backed by Governor Jerry Brown, continues that trend by allowing some nonviolent felons early release and by expanding a "good time credit" program that allows shorter sentences for those in rehabilitation and education programs. Proposition 57 would also require that judges, instead of prosecutors, decide whether juveniles should be tried as adults. Forum debates the measure.

More Information:
Prop 57 Explained
KQED's Full Election Guide

Guests:

Anne Marie Schubert, district attorney, Sacramento County

Gabriel Sanchez , deputy legal affairs secretary in the governor's office, State of California

Marisa Lagos, reporter, KQED's California Politics and Government Desk

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